Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix from pole position after setting a lap time of 1m21.707s in the final moments of Q3.
Malodnado was the surprise package of the day as he managed to set the second fastest time of the day(1m22.285s), more than half a second slower than Hamilton's time. This is Williams best qualifying result since Hulkenberg's pole position in Brazil 2010. Home hero Fernando Alonso will start the race from 3rd.
Earlier in Q3, Hamilton was the first one was to set a lap time, he used a used set of option tyres and remained at top as teams decided not to run till the latter part of the session. Fernando Alonso was the first to beat Hamilton with 1m22.302s but Maldoando later improved and took provisional pole until Hamilton set a storming lap that brought McLaren's 150th pole position.
Lotus' of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were separated by less than a tenth of a second and completed the top 5. Sergio Perez and Nico Rosberg were 6th and 7th fastest respectively. Vettel and Schumacher decided not to do a flying lap in order to save tyres and will start the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of 10th placed Kamui Kobayashi who stayed in the pits in Q3 after his car came into halt in Q2.
While Maldonado impressed by topping Q2 with 1m22.105s, Jenson Button and Mark Webber disappointed as they failed to make it into Q3 for the first time this season; they'll start the the race from row 6. Force India duo of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg were 13th and 14th fastest ahead of the two Toro Rosso's of Vergne and Ricciardo. Felipe Massa had another tough day behind the wheels of his Ferrari as his 1m23.444s was the slowest lap time of the day.
Earlier in Q1, Hamilton was again the fastest with 1m22.583s, 5 tenths faster than Grosjean's 1m23.248 - both times set on Pirelli P-Zero option tyres. Senna spun his car on turn 12 on a flying lap on option tyres, and will the start the race from 18th place. Petrov beat his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen for the first time this season with 1m25.277s against Finn's 1m25.507s. Charles Pic and Pedro De la Rosa beat their respective teammates - Timo Glock and Narain Karthikeyan. Karthikeyan who had a troubled times throughout friday suffered from another technical problem and his 1m31.122s was well outside Hamiton's Q1 time. So it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to participate in tomorrow's race.
01 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:21.707 17 laps
02 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:22.285 0.578 14 laps
03 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.302 0.595 15 laps
04 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:22.424 0.717 14 laps
05 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:22.487 0.780 13 laps
06 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:22.533 0.826 14 laps
07 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.005 1.298 17 laps
08 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 14 laps
09 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 15 laps
10 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 14 laps
11 Jenson Button McLaren 1:22.944 0.060 13 laps
12 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:22.977 0.093 8 laps
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1:23.125 0.241 14 laps
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:23.177 0.293 13 laps
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.265 0.381 11 laps
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.442 0.558 11 laps
17 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.444 0.560 12 laps
18 Bruno Senna Williams 1:24.981 2.398 8 laps
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:25.277 2.694 8 laps
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1:25.507 2.924 8 laps
21 Charles Pic Marussia 1:26.582 3.999 8 laps
22 Timo Glock Marussia 1:27.032 4.449 8 laps
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:27.555 4.972 6 laps
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:31.122 8.539 4 laps